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Patient Story: Patricia from Niagara Falls, NY
- Name: Patricia
- Location: Niagara Falls, NY
- Replacement Type: Hip (Left), Hip (Right)
- Hobbies/Activities: Walking, I Am Still Hurting And Will Be Undergoing To Have Scar Tissiue Removed From My Left Knee
"Looking Forward to Living My Life Again"
Life before joint replacement was a nightmare. I was so foolish to think that I could tolerate the pain of my hips. It got so bad that I was walking hunched over and my friends and Dr. said I looked like a 90 year old woman, and I'm only 66. The pain showed on my face, in my voice, and what I didn't do as far as normal activities. The pain literally consumed me. I couldn't do or see beyond my pain.
The turning point for me was when my first grandson was born. As he grew, I wanted to do things with him. But I couldn't. I couldn't pick him up, I couldn't run after him or just toss a ball or play with his toy trucks. I was so upset and frustrated. This was something I wanted, being a grammy who was going to have fun with my little grandson. This was when I knew I had to do something about what was going on with my hips.
Life today......well, I'm more active, but I'm getting there. Even though it has been 1 year for my left hip replacement, just 8 weeks ago I had to have the other hip replaced. I'm kind of at the end of one rehabilitation and working on the other hip rehab. Even though I have a way to go, the biggest improvement is I don't have the pain I lived with for over 2.5 years or longer. Because of not having pain, I am doing more, able to think about other things instead of the pain, and actually turning to looking forward to living my life again.